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FACT - Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries

FACT - Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries

Volunteers working to preserve and protect the quality & beauty of the Alum Creek watershed and promote environmentally responsible recreation, educational opportunities, & citizen participation at many levels.

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Nice educational video.
FYI added tidbits: First try pulling smaller honeysuckle from out of the ground with its shallow roots, to avoid herbicide application. When removing honeysuckle with ripe red berries during this time of year, best to fully dispose of those brush cuttings to prevent seed dispersal. Thanks.
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Seasonal reminder for you rain barrel owners...Temperatures are falling and your rain barrel is cold! It has been working all spring, summer, and part of the fall. Your rain barrel would be like the snow birds and fly south for the winter but it would have to buy two airline tickets and that is too expensive (and creates CO2 emissions!). Also, your rain barrel is an inanimate object.

So, first step is to drain the rain barrel of water. Best to do this away from the foundation of your home. Next disconnect the tubing from the rain barrel and downspout. Then turn the barrel upside down to get out any gunk that may be in there. Plug the downspout hole (where the tubbing connected) with the plugger piece that came with the rain barrel. Lug the barrel to your garage, basement, or family room and let it be warm through the winter. A rain barrel that has water in it could freeze and bust up your barrel, so take precautions to make that rain barrel last!
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Seasonal reminder for you rain barrel owners...

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How about putting out info on joining FACT? Might get some new members or support.

It is estimated that plastic takes between 100 and 1,000 years to decompose, so it is considered a very slow and long term decomposing materials. A plastic bottles takes up to 500 years to disintegrate, although if it is buried this time is even longer.

In the last 30 years, the manufacture of plastic products has increased worldwide by more than 70%.

While the flexible and unbreakable nature of plastic makes it deal for use in previously breakable items such as bottle and jars, the durable nature of plastic also means that plastic products take years to decompose, even in landfills.

One of the most worrisome impacts of plastic in the pollution of seas and oceans. Plastic in the sea and ocean not only has an impact on the landscape, but also on it's biodiversity. The most harmful plastics are micro_plastics, which are smaller than 5 mm.

What can we do?
* Use items that are reusable wherever possible.
* Do not use straw's or single-use plastic straw's.
* Avoid consumption of coffee in capsules, as these cannot be recycled.
* Say no to animal products, especially fish - over 50% of ocean plastic is made up of discarded fishing gear.

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